Jem Lester is the father of an autistic child. And that’s what informs his highly original debut novel called Shtum, published by The Overlook Press. It tells the story of a father’s struggle to care for his nonverbal, autistic son. In fact Shtum is Yiddish for silence, but this book speaks volumes about love, family, sacrifice, and even the ability to keep a sense of humor. Here is the author, Jem Lester, reading an excerpt from Shtum.